Friday Links


What is happening on the cover of Action Comics Annual #3, published not so long ago in 1991? Apparently, Superman ran for President of the United States and won! (We wonder if he had any primary opponents.). Well, for more information on the plot of this fateful issue, we once again turn to ComicVine:

Waverider decides Superman is too powerful not to look into his future again. This time he sees a future where Superman has run for President and won. While in office, he is able to bring peace to the world. upon announcing to his superhero colleagues that the world is going to disarm all nuclear weapons, starting with America, Guy Gardner calls him a traitor and attacks him. During the battle, Superman is able to take control of Guy Gardner’s power ring, and after taking Gardner into custody, the other Green Lanterns from Earth offer to let Superman keep the ring. Waverider watches as Superman turns it down citing power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Seeing this makes Waverider realize Superman would never become the Monarch, so he decides to never bother Superman again.

Deciding never to bother Superman again sounds like a good idea. We wonder how Superman achieved disarmament and whether it was the same approach he took in the 1987 film, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. See here for that method:



Ah, 1987. Those were the days.

In case you missed it, the City of Charlotte, North Carolina may be loosening its food truck regulations. For more on that story, see here.

Since this is a products liability blog, we must ask: Are any of you, our dear readers, planning to attend the DRI Product Liability Conference in Las Vegas next month?

Finally, here’s our favorite tweet of late (authored by South Carolina lawyer Kirsten Small):

Court Funding Shortfalls Are A Shameful Injustice

Our fearless leader here at Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A. – Mills Gallivan himself – had an editorial published in The Post & Courier, Charleston’s newspaper, yesterday. The topic: Judiciary funding. Here are the first two paragraphs of the piece:

I have a lawyer friend who loves to avoid ownership by quipping, “Not my problem.” Sometimes he is right, but more often he is just hopeful that the problem will resolve itself without him having to get involved.

The issue of funding for the judiciary is one of those thorny problems that we all wish would go away. It is a problem which we lawyers see first-hand and understand, or of which we are at least cognizant.

“The Economics of Justice” is a new study by DRI, a professional association of 22,000 attorneys of the defense bar. It drives home the point that in most states the lack of funding for the judicial branch of government has reached a crisis stage. The study should be mandatory reading for everyone in America.

To read the rest of the editorial, please click here.

(By the way, Mills has contributed a number of pieces to Abnormal Use over the years, and you can find them here.).

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. day, and we here at Abnormal Use and Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A. celebrate the legacy and leadership of Dr. King. In honor of this day, our offices are closed today. As for you, dear readers, what better way to honor Dr. King that to venture to your local cinema and see Selma?

Friday Links


If you’ve not seen the legal comedy, From The Hip, you need to do so immediately. A fun relic of the 1980’s, it was written, in part, by David E. Kelley, who would go on to create TV’s “Ally McBeal” and “Boston Legal.” Let’s just say that the protagonist, played by Judd Nelson, could not get away with most of his antics in a real courtroom.

Claims the writer Jesse Singal: “You’ll Be Less Stressed If You Check Your Email Less Frequently.” Is that supposed to be a good thing? How can one check email less frequently? Is that even possible? Why would one want to venture out into the world when one might risk missing an email?

Vinyl alert: If you’re in South Carolina tomorrow, you may want to visit the Greenville Record Fair.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t alert you to the fact that the Greenville County Bar Association has now joined Twitter. Behold:

Mourning The Death of Westlaw Classic

Woe is me! We come here to praise Westlaw Classic, not to bury it! Thomson Reuters has slain the version of Westlaw that we all knew so well for so long. For several years now, Thomson Reuters has been encouraging its users to utilize its new Westlaw Next platform, a newer and less archaic version of Westlaw with search features more like those employed by Internet users. Yes, it’s handy, but it is not Westlaw Classic (which, we still refer to as Westlaw, just as we still refer to Coca-Cola Classic as Coke. Of course, by that analogy, Westlaw Next is the New Coke of legal research products, a jarring fact which requires further analysis).

More than a decade and a half ago, the more senior members of Abnormal Use first began to use Westlaw. Although its functionality may become somewhat dated, and although the utility of its successor might be easier for the modern user, we here at Abnormal Use cling to our older, more familiar software. Indeed, we will miss the research methodology we employed for so long. In this respect, we are not unlike the preverbal mumpsimus, the stubborn adherent to ways long ago superseded or otherwise discredited. But, in the end, as we age, we know that we know what we know, and on this issue, we know how to utilize Westlaw Classic quite well. But now it belongs to the ages.

As of this past weekend, Westlaw Classic is no more. In fact, as we logged into Westlaw Classic these past few months, Thompson Reuters prompted us with an ominous digital reminder that its days were numbered:


Thus, for some time, we knew the end was near, and we have not been this melancholy about an imminent demise since the last days of “Breaking Bad.”

What will we do? We suppose we must learn to adapt to Westlaw Next. But not before we mourn Westlaw Classic one last time.

Requiescat in pace, Westlaw Classic.

Friday Links


Well, we’ve got one more holiday themed comic book cover for you, and that’s Mickey Mouse Magazine #28 which, as you can see, celebrates the new year. How curious to think that this comic book is nearly 80 years old. We wonder what readers will think of this blog eight decades from now. Hopefully, there will be throngs of graduate students poring over our prose. We’ll wait see if that comes to be. Surely it will, right?

By the way, we ran our very first edition of “Friday Links” five years ago yesterday. See how far we’ve come by clicking here.

And back in 2013, we posted this list of songs related to the new year.

In case you missed it, here are the “Top 10 Legal Grounds Stories of 2014” as recounted by Daniel Taylor of Findlaw’s Legal Grounds blog.

FYI: Last week, the South Carolina Supreme Court published its annual order on Interest Rate on Money Decrees and Judgments. For the full order, please see here.

U.S. District Court For The Western District of North Carolina Dissolves Bryson City Division

If you practice in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, we have some news for you. According to an email sent from the court late last month, the Bryson City division is no more:

Please be advised that the Bryson City Division and case number will be dissolved effective 01/01/2015.

All new cases filed that fall within the counties that were before covered by the BC division: Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon and Swain now are incorporated into the Asheville Division and will be assigned a “1” at the beginning of the case number. (Example: 1:15-cv-00001)

Update your files accordingly.

Happy Birthday To Us V


Well, we here at Abnormal Use typically do not post on weekend days, but today is a special occasion. It’s our fifth birthday. To celebrate, we direct your attention to the comic book cover above, that of Yogi Bears Birthday Party #1, published a good many years ago. (We don’t know why they omitted the apostrophe from the title, which should likely be Yogi Bear’s Birthday Party.).

That’s right, dear readers. It was five years ago today, on January 4, 2010, that we published our first blog post, our mission statement. Many thanks, of course, go out to our contributors, Nick Farr, Rob Green, Kyle White, Batten Farrar, Jessica Waller, Lindsay Joyner, and Janice Holmes, without whom this enterprise simply would not be possible. And to you, our dear readers, we thank you for your support.

You can read our past birthday posts here, here, here, and here. And if you want to see the last time we used a Yogi Bear holiday themed comic book cover in a post, click here to revisit a 2013 post.

Friday Links


Hey, it’s our first Friday Links of 2015! How about that?

As we previously mentioned, Back To The Future Part II is set, at least in part, in the year 2015. When that first was released way back in 1989, that future year seemed very distant. Now it’s upon us. So, now that we’re here, we feel we should direct you to “11 Predictions That Back to the Future Part II Got Wrong” and “11 Predictions That Back to the Future Part II Got Right.” Oh, and if you dig those, you’ve got to see this tweet. Enjoy.

Since this is a law blog, we had to share our favorite lines from Back To The Future Part II, those being:

Marty McFly: [Reading the newspaper from 2015] “Within two hours of his arrest, Martin McFly Jr. was tried, convicted and sentenced to fifteen years in the state penitentiary.”? Within two hours?

Doc: The justice system works swiftly in the future now that they’ve abolished all lawyers.

Ouch. I suppose it’s a good thing for us that such a thing never came to be.

Our favorite headline of late: “Lawsuit Blames DA’s Office for Failing to Supervise Investigators Accused of Stealing High-Priced Comic Books.” (Thanks for the link, Eric Nordstrom!).

Happy New Year!


Happy New Year from the Abnormal Use law blog and Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A.!

You know, usually, we set our posts to run at 7:30 a.m. each business day, but today, we couldn’t resist running this entry at 12:01 a.m. on this New Year’s Day of 2015. Wherever and in whichever time zone you find yourself, be safe, and be merry. Enjoy your day off and try to find some time to listen to U2’s “New Year’s Day” (which we mentioned here two years ago in a post about songs celebrating the arrival of a new year).

By the way, above, you’ll find the New Year’s themed cover of Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #28, published way, way back in 1942.